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Major Exhibition Featuring 240 Works by 170 Artists Offers Radical Reassessment of Artistic Cross-Currents at Turn of the Last Century

1900: Art at the Crossroads, a major exhibition that surveys the artistic cross-currents that proliferated in tile year 1900, opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on May 19, and remains on view through September 10. The exhibition, which features 240 works by more than 170 artists, contrasts the accepted nineteenth - century academic tradition with the emerging avant-garde, providing a new context within which to examine their relationships. 

 The exhibition presents works by established masters of the period, including Bouguereau, Bume-Jones, Degas, Eakins, Gauguin, Klimt, Monet, and Munch, as well as works by young artists who were just emerging as revolutionary figures, such as Balla, Kandinsky,Matisse, Mondrian, and Picasso.

1900: Art at the Crossroad was conceived and organized by Robert Rosenblum, the Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition opened to critical acclaim earlier this year at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, where it was organized by Mary Anne Stevens, Collections Secretary and Senior Curator, With Ann Dumas, Curator, and Norman Rosenthal, Exhibitions Secretary.  In New York, Rosenblum Was assisted by Vivien Greene, Assistant Curator, Guggenheim Museum.

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Regina Angelorum

William-Adolphe Bouguereau


Oil on canvas

285    185  cm

Thematic Sections

The exhibition is organized around twelve thematic sections: The Exposition Universelle; Nudes and Bathers; Woman-Man; Portraits; Social Scenes; The City; Still-1ifes and Interiors; Landscape; Rural Scenes: Religion; Self-Portraits; and Triptychs.  These sections provide a framework for exploring broad, underlying themes that are key to the period, such as nationalism, Arcadian nostalgia, the distinction between public and private, and the impact of technology. Within each section, the juxtaposition of works by established and avant-garde artists suggests unexpected affinities.

The exhibition will examine how, in 1900, certain traditions of Westen art were being confirmed, while others were being reinvented. The Landscape section, for instance, offers the opportunity to see how artists treated the same subject through different formal means: Trees shimmer in Vittore Grubicy's Divisionist Arcadia Winter in the Mountains, a Pantheist Poem: Morning (1900); become grid-like in Piet Mondrian's elliptical Pollard Willows on the Gein (1902-04); and dissolve into violet mist in Claude Monet's Morning on the Seine (1897). Still-lifes and Interiors, which features small-scale domestic scenes, will include both conventional genre depictions, such as Carl Moll's Interior(1903), and psychologically charged interiors, such as James Ensor's Skeleton in the Studio (1900). The section on Religion will present paintings that carry on longstanding European traditions, such as Henry Ossawa Tanner's The Annunciation (1898), alongside others that are cast in a decidedly modern idiom, such as Edvard Munch's Golgotha (1900). Representations of women range from the Femme fatale, as in Lovis Corinth's Salome (1899), to the idealized mother, as in Mary Cassatt's Mother and Child (1898).

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Edward Munch


Oil on canvas

80  120 cm


The exhibition opens with an evocative display of works actually shown at the Exposition D'ecennale des Beaux-Arts, an international exhibition presented at the Grand Palais, Paris, that was part of the 1900 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair).  The works of art in this section will be hung "salon" style, both to convey the typical mode of presentation in the year 1900 and to represent a broad range of styles that were present in the Exposition D'ecennale, among them Symbolism, Victorian Classicism, Naturalism, Divisionism, and Realism. Created by artists from Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, and Australia, these works convey the visual diversity and international reach of the art exhibited at the World's Fair.

The installation intentionally contrasts the accepted nineteenth-century academic style of painting with that of the emerging avant-garde. These juxtapositions will forge unexpected relationships, create confrontations, and place the established pantheon within a fresh context. Visitors to the museum will have the rare opportunity to view works by familiar modern masters alongside those of lesser-known artists of the time. Moreover, the exhibition's thematic organization allows for an examination of important social issues that were prominent at the turn of the twentieth century.
1900: Art at the Crossroads , will allow viewer to reassess the art of  the Period, while also functioning as a mirror image fo1- the turn of the century itself.

For the installation, the exhibition bays in the Frank Lloyd Wright Rotunda will be transformed into intimate gallery spaces to evoke the period, as well as provide opportunities for the viewer to make comparisons within each thematic section. The High Gallery of the museum will also be covered with crimson red carpeting, evoking a manner of display popular at the turn of the century.

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The Bar

Maurice de Vlaminck


Oil on canvas

40.3  31.1 cm

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 The Water Lily Pond (Japanese Bridge) 

Claude Monet


Oil on canvas

89  92 cm

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Mother and Son

Cecilia Beaux


Oil on canvas

145.4  101.6 cm

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Le Moulin de la Galente

Pablo Picasso


Oil on canvas

88.2   115.5 cm


A fully illustrated catalogue published jointly by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts accompanies the exhibition and retails for $45 (softcover). It features scholarly essays by Robert Rosenblum and MaryAnne Stevens. The catalogue includes full captions on the works in the exhibition and biographies on the artists. A hardcover edition is also available from Harry N. Abrams, nc., for $75.


The following programs are held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and are free with museum admission, unless otherwise noted. For updated information regarding ticketed programs, contact the Box Office at (212) 423-3587, or go to

Film Program
1900: Cinema and the New Spectator, a series of lectures and screenings that examines the art of cinema at the turn ofthe last century, will be presented from May 30 to June 20. For film schedule information, contact (212) 360-4321, or  Admission is $10 ($7 for members, seniors, and students).